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Cold Lake council expands borders for grant policy

Cold Lake City council has voted to extend the reach of its Community Event Incentive Grants.

The grant now includes events located in Ward 5 and Ward 6 of the Municipal District of Bonnyville.

Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland says the council is recognizing that regional events bring economic activity to the community.

“The grant in question has a strong focus on economic benefit and all grant applications are vetted by a committee before given a final approval by council, so we are confident that any applications brought forward under this grant stream will have a regional benefit that our community can support.”

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The Community Event Incentive Grant can provide up to $10,000 for events that are expected to bring benefit to local residents and bring non-local participants to the community.

Through the City of Cold Lake’s Community Recreation, Art, Culture and Heritage Investment Grant Program, a total of $52,000 has been provided to community organizations through the fall intake, with just over $161,000 in grants dispersed to community groups in 2022.

“Council is happy to help these groups in their efforts to bring exciting programs and events to Cold Lake,” Copeland said. “Our community groups make Cold Lake a vibrant place to live and the events and programming they establish not only provide recreational, artistic and cultural outlets for our residents but attract visitors from our greater region and beyond.”

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